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Title: Academic Integrity issues in a large topic in the School of Education


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Academic Integrity issues in a large topic in the
School of Education
  • Dr Pam Bartholomaeus
  • 10/11/15
  • EHL Faculty Scholar program 2015

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The context
  • EDUC3526 231 students
  • EDUC9133 26 students
  • 257 students
  • 12 classes
  • teaching shared with 5 casual academics
  • Assessment tasks for this topic include 3
    extended prose assignments. Students are required
    to submit each of these assignments to Turnitin.

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How did it work?
  • Tutors were similar to the students in needing to
    understand that the amount of matching was not a
    good indication of academic integrity.
  • For each assignment work I was asked to look at
    the work of several students.
  • A conversation with one tutor led to the
    realisation that four students had worked
    together to plan their first assignment.
  • Despite hoping tutors would take note of students
    in their classes who had not submitted their work
    to Turnitin I needed to do this.

4
But
  • A common problem with students work was the
    failure to enclose quotations in inverted commas.
  • The quality and consistency in managing Academic
    Integrity could have been better.
  • A recent audit of the first assignment in
    Turnitin has indicated several assignments were
    not questioned that should have been
  • In particular, one assignment has matching with
    the work of a student from several years ago that
    was not noted.
  • Another student failed to use quotation marks
    where appropriate. She was interviewed about her
    work for Assignment 3. An interview about her
    first assignment would have been better.

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  • Most tutors spent time carefully checking
    Turnitin reports for the first assignment.
  • One tutor did not look at Turnitin reports at all
    for the second assignment!
  • Another tutor spent about 10 mins checking
    reports for Assignment 2 (for approximately 70
    students)
  • Junk matching was problematic, particularly for
    Assignment 3
  • For Assignment 3 I decided to withhold some
    results until I had interviewed the students. In
    most cases these were students whose Turnitin
    reports I decided warranted further exploration.

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Academic Integrity in a small topic
  • Nested assignments
  • Oral presentation of a literature review (not
    assessed, but some feedback to students at the
    end of the class)
  • A literature review submitted for assessment
  • A poster prepared drawing on the literature
    review which is then presented to an audience and
    submitted for assessment.
  • Where a student changed her topic after the oral
    presentation I spoke with her, ascertained the
    reason for the change, and gave her a short
    extension for her written submission.
  • This process enabled me to monitor students
    progress towards the final assessment task, the
    poster.

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SACE and Academic Integrity
  • Students are expected to meet the same levels of
    Academic Integrity in the senior secondary
    schooling
  • SACE policies for Academic Integrity are similar
    to the Flinders University policies
  • Student are required to acknowledge the work of
    others including the words of others and direct
    quotations in inverted commas referencing
    sources accurately and ensuring that
    paraphrasing is of high quality.
  • Guides are provided for referencing. Reading
    guides are provided as possible templates for
    students to use as they collect information.
  • It is unclear how carefully Academic Integrity
    requirements are explained to students in their
    senior secondary years.

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For further thought
  • Training for casual academics in the expectations
    we have of our students in relation to Academic
    Integrity and in the interpretation of reports
    from Turnitin will assist with consistency in
    Academic Integrity.
  • Clearer guidelines for students on collusion and
    how it can be avoided.
  • The Turnitin reports can be interrogated in a
    number of ways using the software. More training
    in ways to use the software would be helpful.
  • More training for students in understanding
    Turnitin reports and using these reports to
    improve their writing and study habits.
  • I shall give careful thought to including more
    focus in the topics EDUC3526/9133 on the
    importance of comprehension of sources and the
    role this can play in assisting students to
    maintain high levels of Academic Integrity.
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